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Young Writers Ignites Passion For Poetry With Sponsored Workshops For Local Schools

On Wednesday 14th January, Young Writers hosted their first sponsored poetry workshop at Werrington Primary School. Young Writers sent local poet Mark Grist to host a morning’s workshop, designed to motivate and enthuse pupils to write poetry. The ultimate aim of the workshop was to have all pupils, regardless of their academic ability, write their own poem and thoroughly enjoy doing so! Young Writers also hoped that any negative preconceptions that pupils may have about poetry would also be dispelled.

6A and 6C were chosen to take part, each class having an hour with Mark to participate in his ‘Originality and Metaphors’ workshop.

From sincere to funny, the pupils explored a range of emotions and imagery in each metaphor and each child produced a poem in the workshop. The classroom was buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm, pupils of all abilities were involved, sharing their ideas, clearly enjoying the tasks Mark had set. Mark was mobbed post-workshop with eager pupils shouting out lines from their poems they’d just written!

Mrs Arling, Literacy Co-Ordinator at Werrington Primary School commented: “Mark was brilliant, the children were inspired to write - children we never expected. He was such an inspiration.”

Lynsey Evans, Young Writers said: “It was a pleasure to see the children excited about poetry - Mark was captivating and the children all participated, keen to share what they had written. It was a fantastic morning and all the pupils should be proud of their work, they’re all poetry stars. Thank you to Werrington Primary School for being our first sponsored workshop hosts.”

Young Writers sponsored poetry workshops is a new community-based project for 2015 and only schools in Peterborough are eligible. Workshops are available for both KS2 and KS3, run by Mark Grist. If your school is interested in taking part, please ask your Literacy Co-Ordinator or Head of English to get in touch with Lynsey Evans at, to let us know why your school would like a sponsored workshop.

For further information about Young Writers and their community projects please visit You can find out more about Mark Grist at his website: